Atmospheric Prediction System Development Laboratory


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FUNCTION: Provides connectivity to computational platforms and databases that are necessary for the development, testing, and validation of numerical data assimilation, weather, and ensemble prediction systems. This capability allows for the rapid transition of software development into operations.

DESCRIPTION: This laboratory enables scientists at NRL to perform basic and applied research in numerical weather prediction and to take the knowledge learned from this research and quickly apply it to operational data assimilation and prediction systems. The facility allows the scientists to use the same software and databases in all their research that is used in operations at FNMOC, an important component necessary for the improvement of the data assimilation and prediction systems. The high-speed connectivity between the computational resources allows the scientists to share databases, results, and software. Collocation with FNMOC allows developers to access and use computational resources (controlled by operating systems with multilevel security) that will ultimately host the NRL-developed weather prediction systems.

INSTRUMENTATION: The laboratory includes an in-house 128-processor computer, a 44-processor Linux cluster, an 88 dual-core processor Linux cluster, individual workstations, and high-speed connectivity which provides direct access to operational supercomputer systems and data, and to the many computational resources at the various Department of Defense High Performance Computing Centers.

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